Shiny Days - July & August 2014

26th August 2014
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Its turned out to be a wonderful summer with great spells of bright sunshine at last - Well, compared to previous years I could mention! I've been busy trying to get my landscape photos out to a slightly wider audience and have been running a couple of Stalls locally. Meeting new friends and selling wares is what its all about, and I can see why the UK is a 'Nation of Shopkeepers'... Its been alot of fun, and I'm hugely impressed with the craft talents of other stallholders. August I suppose is the time to start thinking 'Christmas' in most womens minds and Ive mainly concentrated on producing affordable prints to go into A4 frames rather than the big stuff which is impossible to display outside in a high wind!

And another Summer highlight was the great JOBEFEST!! ...Held on the River Wye near Ross with great people building rafts to raise money for new Scanners at Birmingham Childrens Hospital. Below are some silly moments as the refts propelled themselves (with assistance from their giggling crews) into Ross On Wye. Batman & Robin (2 consultants from Birmingham Childrens Hospital) were as Relient as ever. Pics below! What a day! and the Ross Gazette even put my photos on their front page! Coo ...

Speaking of movement! - Theres been plenty! ... Sometimes Landscape Photography can seem fairly static stuff, but its also full of truly fleeting moments of light where one has to be ready & quick. I eventually trotted up Ruardean hill a couple of weeks ago just after ex-hurricane Bertha had passed us by, and as the rain had abated enough to risk my camera not getting wet! Catching a cloudburst in the deepening, speeding sunset as it tracked towards us from the Black Mountains in the distance was wonderful. (I really must get the tea on earlier & family fed so I can practise this a little more!)...

High speed photography in good daylight is fun too. A couple of weeks ago I did the 'Equestrian thing' and found myself inside Lindridge show jumping ring secretly wondering if/when I was about to get trampled on by a thundering horse. (...Kindly assured I was not...). The size of these horses got ever larger as the day wore on .... A day full of photos! Huge thanks to every one there for being such great fun and so photogenic! Heres some pix of the child riders & their mounts who were just adorable.

But those calm still early mornings camping in summer are the best ever. The photos below were taken near Tenby in Pembrookshire when we spent a few days camping. Truth be told I was only walking around the area at 5.30am because I'd woken far too early to reasonably sit tight in a tent with others still snoring loudly. These cobwebs were in the field behind the campsite! Morning dew highlighting an entire city of spiders!

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